Seed Starting Guide

This seed starting guide is for zone 8b.  The last frost date of March 27 was chosen based on information from the National Climate Data Center.   There is less then a 10 percent chance of frost after this date.


The spring frost-free date for zone 8b is March 27.
CROP WHEN TO START SET OUT DATE
Basil Feb 20 Apr 03
Beets Jan 30 – Feb 13 Mar 13
Broccoli Jan 16 – Jan 30 Feb 27
Cabbage Jan 16 – Jan 30 Feb 27
Cauliflower Jan 16 – Jan 30 Feb 27
Collards Jan 16 – Jan 30 Feb 27
Corn* March 27 – April 10
Cucumber March 13 – March 20 April 3 – April 10
Eggplant Feb 6 – Feb 20 Apr 17
Kale Jan 16 – Jan 30 Feb 27
Kohlrabi* Feb 27
Lettuce Jan 23 – Feb 6 Feb 27 – March 6
Melons March 13 – March 20 Apr 10
Mustard* Jan 16 – Jan 30 Feb 27
Okra* April 10 – April 24
Onions Jan 2 – Jan 16 Feb 27
Parsley Dec 19 – Jan 2 Feb 27 – March 6
Peas* Jan 30 – Feb 13
Peppers Jan 2 – Feb 27 Apr 10
Pumpkins March 13 – March 20 Apr 10
Spinach Jan 2 – Feb 6 Feb 13 – March 6
Squash March 13 – March 20 Apr 10
Swish Chard Jan 30 – Feb 13 Mar 13
Tomatoes Feb 6 – Feb 27 April 3 – April 10
* These crops are best direct-seeded outdoors.

 

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